Communicator (communicator) wrote,

(not the) banned books of the year

It's '(not the) Banned books of the year' time! Yes, the American Library Association's annual list of most banned, challenged library books is out again (thanks for correction dfordoom). This is perfect for my blog, combining as it does two of my most irritating characteristics: an obsession with book lists and smug liberal superiority.

The only one I have read is Harry Potter, though I've looked at the 'Captain Underpants' books, and read part of Mice and Men.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
10. "Forever" by Judy Blume

I was also reading in the Guardian at the weekend that Mrs Gaskell banned her daughter from reading Jane Eyre until she was 20.

I tell you what, there are certainly books I would not have been happy with my kids reading when they were little. In fact my son left a copy of a Battle Royale manga lying about recently, and I told him to put in his room, because I didn't want my daughter to see it. So I'm not like 'Oh, little children can read Querelle of Brest and it'll be good for them'.

On the other hand, I used to read the Gollancz SF books my dad got from the library, when I was very young, and they were often not that suitable for an under-ten, and it never did me any harm *cough*.

Were your reading habits regulated in any way when you were a kid? By your parents, school etc?
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